Category Archives: Technique

The value of polarising filters


I spent a few days in London, and in my camera bag I always carry a polarising filter, and the value it adds to your images are just fantastic, they are relatively inexpensive and just screw onto the front of your lens. So, what do they do you may ask? Well, they work just like […]

Sharpness is a Bourgeois Concept, a quote from Henri Cartier-Bresson


I see lots of photographers aiming for absolute pin sharp images, and that includes me, but is it really so important? Is content and “telling the story” not more important. Well, yes and no. It all depends on what YOU want. When I photograph birds, for instance, sharpness is not negotiable, and thats why I […]

Balancing flash and ambient, part 2, people


In the previous entry I tried to explain how to balance the ambient light with flash, and it mostly revolved around birds. In this second discussion, I will elaborate on how to manage your flash effectively for portraits and kids. As you may know, I am a great advocate of the flash, and I also […]

Balancing flash and ambient (Part1, birds)


Arguably, flash will add a tremendous amount of “pop” to your photographs, but if you are not careful, it can also destroy your work. I will try and explain how to do this, in 2 sections (Part 1, birds and Part 2, people/ pets/ kids), but the principles are really the same though. You just […]

Compressing perspective, creating depth


Do you sometimes feel your landscapes just lack depth, that the picture you took with that wide angle is just not right. Well, maybe the answer is to use a longer lens. Similarly, your portraits seem to just capture to much of the surrounding scene. Again, switch to a longer focal length, isolate your subject […]

Gel your flash to match the ambient


  I don’t often see photographers slapping on those horribly yellow gels onto their flashes, and its an elementary mistake, and I suggest, next time you do an indoor shoot with a lot of tungsten (3700K) light around, slap that gel on, also, don’t forget to set your cameras white balance to Tungsten. The Nikon […]